Niners trade for Johnson: The Joker is headed home to the Bay Area. After the Bills traded up to select Sammy Watkins, it opened the door for Stevie Johnson to be traded to San Francisco. The move fills the No. 3 receiver spot the 49ers had longed to have occupied and makes an interesting group of targets alongside Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. That should do a lot to make Colin Kaepernick a solid top 10 quarterback and could have him knocking on the door of the top five.
Smith stands behind Glennon: Not long ago, the prevailing thought was that the Buccaneers were aiming to trade Mike Glennon in an effort to grab extra draft picks. Not so, says coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs’ new leader says instead that “Glennon is our quarterback of the future here.” While it’s a big reversal, it makes sense. Even though Tampa spent money to bring in Josh McCown, building the franchise around a soon-to-be 35-year-old journeyman isn’t a solution. Especially when Glennon acquitted himself fairly well during the 2013 season. After Tampa added receiver Mike Evans with the seventh pick in the draft, there is more reason to hand the keys to Glennon long term.
Ebron a ‘special offensive weapon’: Heading into the draft, Eric Ebron was the consensus best prospect at tight end — something that was validated by Ebron being selected 10th overall by the Detroit Lions. And it seems the Lions have big plans for him, especially after general manager Martin Mayhew compared Ebron to Jimmy Graham and called the rookie “a very special offensive weapon.” While the connection might be a little inflated at this point, Ebron will work with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who also worked with Graham in New Orleans. In an offense that will throw the ball a ton, there could be chances for Ebron to make a splash right away.
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